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18 Feb 2018

Photography for Ulster Carpets

Photography for Ulster Carpets
at The Residence by Marriot
at Marischal Square, Aberdeen

I had a shoot this week for for Ulster Carpets at The Residence by Marriot at Marischal Square. There were several uses for some new equipment I have recently added. I used both the Nikon D5, and the new 45.7 mp Nikon D850 which is seen by many as the best 35mm DSLR ever made. The tiltable screen with live view was very useful to take shots of the carpets with the camera on the floor.

When working on the floor, I also used the focus shift option where it was taking 20 shots with tiny differences in focus point, and then we combined them in Photoshop to give sharpness throughout the shot.

Colour accuracy was important for the carpets. Having a Grey Card reference is the best assurance that the digital pictures that you capture will have the ability to be properly white balanced. Only with a proper white Balance can you be ensured of proper and accurate color, regardless of lighting conditions.

Unlike your eyes, a digital camera does not automatically see whites as white. It sees the colour of the light reflected from the scene, hence blue-ish in Daylight and Orange-ish in incandescent lighting. By including a reference card in each lighting situation, you are assured of being able to achieve a proper White Balance, with accurate, natural colours and no color cast.

“Whibal” cloned out, and daylight and TV areas selectively adjusted for pleasant colour but ensuring the carpet is accurate.

I also used two Godox AD200 heads controlled from the camera using the Godox remote control (seen on top of the D850). This allows me to adjust each unit from the camera position. I have Elinchrom lighting, and the latest Nikon radio control flash system but these Godox units out perform them both, and are much better value.

The focus shift function and radio controlled off camera flash to ensure colour accuracy and sharpness of the carpet. Using the D850’s tilt-able screen made it much easier to compose

Client feedback

Hi Neil,

Thanks for sending these over – they are great and show the carpet well. Its good to have a choice of angles as well. …

I am working in England now until Thursday of next week but I will get a colleague of mine in the office to download them etc….

I really appreciate you doing this job, especially as we had not worked together before.

Kind Regards

Tracey Braziel
Marketing Manager

12 Apr 2017

Photography for Hall Morrice

The Hall Morrice partners with clients on location.

The shots are for a new website and the message (story) is that Hall Morrice work closely with their clients, and understand their businesses. Here we can see Des Petrie visiting Neil McDonald of Eblast, and Laura Cummings of FIS. Bob Bain is being shown a 3D printer by Andy Dare of Andrews Hyrographics Ltd. Shonagh Fraser is with Graeme Paterson, Chief Executive of Transition Extreme, and Derek Mair is with Gerald Smith at Drumsleed Farm in Laurencekirk.

10 Apr 2017

Studio shots for Tain Silver

Unlike a jewellery shoot for SilverStory, Tain Silver, a repeat client, wanted a black background, as we had used previously. Our studio is tiled in black gloss tiles and we used a spare floor tile which added a little interest with the reflection.

Gordon from Tain Silver wanted the shots to match what was taken previously as he was very pleased with these and used them on his re-vamped website  – see above and his comments from the first shoot, and from last week.

“We have been getting lots of very positive comments about the photographs on our website, especially regarding how clearly you can see the products so thanks very much for those ! I’m not sure if you have had a chance to look at the site yet: www.tainsilver.com. Each product has a magnify function and you can click on the image to enlarge it as well so you really get to see the images properly.
Kind regards
Carrie, Tain Silver”

“Good morning Neil,
Thank you for sending the shots I am delighted with these so please send me the link to download .
….
Kind regards, Gordon Tain Silver

17 Mar 2017

Silver Fin – photography for t.i. tiles international ltd

Last week, I was asked to take some photographs of the new Silver Fin building on Union Street for t.i. tiles international ltd.

It is a very impressive building of 132,611 sq ft arranged over nine occupied floors with a feature reception hall with four storey atrium.

I did some work for t.i. tiles in 2015 including photographs of the GDF Suez building on North Esplanade West (now Engie) and Prime Four at Kingswells.

Apart from this shoot at Silver Fin, they have several other project for me to photograph which is good news.

The site is still very much in progress so careful viewpoints and cropping were required.

Fortunately they were very pleased with the shots – as per the email below:

“They are fantastic Neil !
Thank you ! “

Jordan Harwood, Company Director

Technical info: Nikon D5 with 24-70mm f2.8E AF-S ED VR, 14-24mm, and 24mm f3.5D ED PC-E Nikon lenses.

12 Mar 2017

Gala Bingo, King Street, Aberdeen

Last week, I was photographing Gala Bingo on King Street.

The building was originally Kingsway Cinema. After James Donald died in 1934, the four brothers continued the business and land was acquired for a large cinema at the corner of King Street and Frederick Street, the latter providing a separate entrance for the cheaper seats.

Notable for a spacious foyer, its Art Deco style and Holophane lighting system, the Kingsway Cinema opened on 1st March 1939 with Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The Kingsway Cinema survived until February, 1963 and then became a bingo hall, the largest in northern Scotland. It remains so in 2017, under Gala Bingo Club’s and this has enabled the building to survive where others of such size have disappeared.

The photographs were for the manager, Fraser Calderwood, who is moving to another Gala Bingo closer to his home in Fife.

A lot of the features of the original cinema are still retained making it a nice interior to photograph.

The client responded within 10 minutes of receiving the images:

Hi Neil

I’ve paid the invoice, fantastic work. I’m so pleased with them. Thank you so much!

kind regards,
Fraser

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Technical info: The lighting was mainly available with 2 off camera flash units to light key features. Some of the shots were created using HDR (7 varying exposures combined in post processing). I used a Nikon D5 with a 14-24mm, and also a 24mm PCE lens (“PC” stands for perspective control and “E” stands for electronic diaphragm). The PC lens lets me raise the lens rather than tilt the camera which keeps parallel lines from converging – see example below:

 

9 Mar 2017

Apartment refurbishment photographs for Mac Architects

I am finally getting back to blogging and this is the first of many featuring some of the wide range of photography that we undertake for some amazing clients.

I regularly photograph projects for the award winning and very talented Mac Architects and last week, I photographed the first stage of a refurbishment of a flat in James Street, Aberdeen.

I loved the design and look:

  • the skimmed concrete floor
  • the floor to ceiling trainers display
  • the huge Frezoli lights
  • the shelving in the en-suite
  • the “industrial” lights in the wet room
  • the Control 4 tech

I am looking forward to seeing and photographing more of this project.

27 Mar 2015

14 Camperdown Road

I received a phone call from Deborah Peterson Milne asking for a quote for interior photography. Her property was due to go on the market and she was not happy with the photographs that had been taken. She accepted my quote and a time was arranged to meet at her property in Camperdown Road. Deborah sent me copies of the photographs that had already been taken and they were not too bad but Deborah did not think they conveyed the feeling of the property she had put so much effort into creating. Looking t them, I felt that there was too much flash and some of the camera positions were not ideal.

When I met Deborah, I found out that she had worked in the property rental business for Margaret Duffus Leasing so new a bit about property and marketing. Her apartment was very nice and had lots of interesting touches, and a nice ambience. The predominance of flash in the photographs was not conveying this so I concentrated on using manly available light with less flash. For some of the shots, I used HDR (High Dynamic Range) where I used 7 or 9 shots at different exposures and combined them in Photoshop to keep detail in the shadow and highlight areas without ruining the atmosphere of the room.

I do not know the difference in price but my fees will have been higher but high quality commercial images are an investment.Good photography will not sell a property on it’s own but can make a difference to how many people arrange a viewing, and as Deborah says in of her comments – it can “help get them through the door”

If you have a property anything to sell or promote, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

Testimonials

“Hi Neil – your photos are incredible. I’ll pick the ones out we need & let you know tomorrow morning if that’s ok?
Thanks again, Graham & I are delighted!”

“Good morning Neil,
Here are the photos that’d we’d like to use. Sorry it took me so long to chose; they seriously are all great!
Thanks again for all your help and confirming we weren’t crazy for not settling for the first set of photos that were taken.”

“Thanks for emailing me the photos last evening. Each one is incredible and we are very pleased.
I can’t wait to hear what our sales agent says on Monday. Sharp contrast from the photos she had arranged last Monday.
Thanks again and all the best!”

“Well your photos will definitely help get them through the door!!
Thanks a lot : )”

Deborah

25 Mar 2015

Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles in aid of RNLI, 21st March 2015

We photographed a great event on Saturday. It was arranged by the Wood family who tragically lost their son, Stuart in 2009. The family wanted to learn about the search parties and this started their involvement in fund raising for the RNLI. Below is the story in Audrey’s words:

“Six years ago on 1st April 2009 flight 85n came down just of the coast of Boddam, 16 lives were taken including our son Stuart. Many months later we wanted to know how the search parties were involved in the search for the helicopter and the 16 bodies. We went to meet Fraserburgh RNLI and could not get over the emotions and the sincerity of these men. They told us of how upset that they were having to return back to shore as it became too dark for them to carry on searching, and how they left again on first light to begin searching again for our loved ones. The compassion and the comradeship touched us and even more so when we realised that they were all unpaid volunteers.

We decided to raise funds the first effort was a football match in Newmachar against Buckie Thistle. Then Kerry and I decided on a more female event, and in 2013 we held our first glamour, glitz and bubbles event at the Douglas hotel. The response for our events have been amazing, and with sponsorship from companies we have managed to take our small plans to a higher level. The support with raffle donations and auction items have been overwhelming and both Kerry and I have undertaken all the work without a committee. However without the loyal support of our family and friends we couldn’t have done it all. Until yesterday we had raised over £80,000 and the money has went  primarily to Fraserburgh and Peterhead, as they were involved in the search.Recently we have managed to include Aberdeen, Buckie and Macduff. Yesterday’s (Saturday 21st March, 2015) event raised another £19,000 and a late sponsor from Aberness Care kindly offered to top it to £20,000.

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15 Dec 2013

Maggies Cancer Care centre

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I have been involved in photographing the Maggies Cancer Centre since the work started and have taken progress photographs at all the stages. 

It was therefore very satisfying to be commisioned by Snøhetta, the Norwegian architects to take photographs of the interior which is stunning. The images have been used in a Norwegian magazine (see below). I have still more photographs to take as there were still small items to be fitted, and there was work being done in the kitchen when I was there. I am hoping to get these taken this week,and there will be another blogpost featuring more of the images.

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21 Oct 2013

Great feedback from our clients

One of the most gratifying aspects of my job as a photographer and as a manager of a small team is the great feedback we get from our clients. I am always so grateful that clients take the time to email or write to me expressing how pleased they are.

We have a large list of these testimonials in the wedding section of the website and we will be adding the same for the portrait and commercial photography. 

Below are a few testimonials from client's, all received last week. 

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Just a quick email to say we love the photos from our shoot and the prints that we bought are lovely.
We bought the Groupon voucher as family were over from Australia and we are never all together at the same time.
Dave was great and really put everyone at ease.
Thanks again, We'll recommend you to friends in the future.
Jennifer & The Young Family

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Morning Neil,
Firstly I just want to say thank you so much for photographing our wedding last weekend! You and Lucas did a fantastic job and so far I’ve had a great response from family and friends on the images! We’ve already gone through the photos and chosen favourites (found it really difficult to narrow it down…and have probably still selected too many!).
We’ve noticed that some of them you have already edited, and I’m amazed at how good a job you’d done on that too! particularly making the telegraph pole and white blocks disappear!

……
Kind Regards,
Kirsty
(married on 4th October at Norwood Hall)

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